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Devastating magnitude-6.2 earthquake strikes Gansu, China

The tremor's center was between the regions of Gansu and Qinghai.

The tremor’s center was between the regions of Gansu and Qinghai.

Economic Fallout

Gansu, China, reels from the aftermath of a formidable magnitude-6.2 earthquake, marking the country’s deadliest seismic event in a decade. 

The catastrophic tremor has inflicted a direct economic loss estimated at 532 million yuan ($74.6 million), as reported by Bloomberg, citing the country’s state broadcaster.

Extent of Losses

Authorities in China have outlined the losses incurred, with 345 million yuan attributed to animal husbandry and 102 million yuan to crop production in Gansu province alone. The impact has been severe, devastating livelihoods and infrastructure in the region.

Epicenter and Damage

The earthquake’s epicenter was situated between Gansu and Qinghai provinces, with a focal depth of 10 kilometers. Its destructive force wreaked havoc, causing substantial damage in both areas. The resultant landslides demolished highways and rural roads, compounding the destruction.

Human Toll and Housing Damage

Tragically, the quake has claimed over a hundred lives, with more than 148 casualties reported, and left 781 individuals injured, according to the official Xinhua News Agency. 

The toll on housing has been immense, with countless residences—many constructed from clay and mud—suffering significant damage.

Humanitarian Response

In response to the crisis, emergency measures have been initiated, relocating over 139,000 people to emergency shelters across Gansu and Qinghai provinces. The focus remains on providing immediate aid and support to those affected by this catastrophic natural disaster.

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